The continued widespread manipulation of the way vehicles’ fuel consumption is tested is allowing carmakers to pocket millions of euro that should have been invested making cars more efficient , a new report has highlighted.
A coalition of 140 groups representing 250,000 citizens from 10 European countries has called on the EU to strip the aviation sector of the tax exemptions and state aid it currently enjoys, as well as ban flights operating at night.
Two new reports have highlighted the continuing massive amounts of money with which the world’s leading industrial nations subsidise fossil fuels, saying they ‘lead to a misallocation of resources’ and ‘rig the game against renewables’.
The American electric carmaker Tesla says it expects to have a battery-making factory in Germany within five or six years. The news came from an interview with Tesla’s chief executive Elon Musk in the German news magazine Der Spiegel in which he said German carmakers lacked interest in electric cars.
A climate change agreement negotiated in secret and unveiled last month by the presidents of China and the US commits the two countries to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) output. China has agreed to cap its emissions for the first time and the US committed to deep reductions by 2025.
EU governments last week agreed three modest targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions, increase the share of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency by 2030. Environmental groups said the goals would not do enough to cut Europe’s dependence on fossil fuels and put it on track to meet its own 2050 climate pledges.
The European Parliament voted last week to approve a college of commissioners with much to prove in terms of its commitment to environmentally-sustainable policies and effective measures to fight climate change. The Commission was formally accepted by the European Council on Friday morning.
The Commission finally published rules to implement the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) last month, but environmental campaigners say they will fail to discourage oil companies from using and investing in higher-polluting oil such as tar sands and coal-to-liquid.
The fossil fuel sector is an industry ‘unprepared’ for a low-carbon economy and thus a risk to investors. That’s the conclusion of a new report into 81 coal, oil and gas companies by the lobby group Carbon Tracker.